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Fixed Gear - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
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797 Ratings
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Ratings: 797
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 23
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 02-24-2010

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Ratings: 797 | Reviews: 164
Photo of DoctorZombies
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Red/brown pour with off white lacing. A lite hop nose. Lite bitter hop taste. Lite mouthfeel. Not much here, ok.

Photo of steveh
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure how to rate an American Amber Ale. Seems that Pete's Wicked set the standard for the "style" many years back, and Leinie's Red made it somewhat of a status symbol for a while. Now, there's Fat Tire, of course, but what's this beer really supposed to be? From BA's style definition:
"Primarily a catch all for any beer less than a Dark Ale in color, ranging from amber (duh) to deep red hues."

Hmm. Catch all. Okay. One thing I know is that I've enjoyed Lakefront's beers for 25 years, so I'm looking forward to taste this for the first time.

Best by Aug. 11, 2015 clearly stamped on the back label. 6.8% ABV clearly marked as well.

A -- Deep, clear reddish copper color with a firm, dense light tan head that holds up well and leaves good lacing (I see a lot of reviews calling this cloudy or murky, mine is considerably clear with no sediment in the bottle).

S -- Surprisingly piny hops up front with some light earthy malts fighting to be recognized.

T -- Sweetish, lightly caramel malts with some toastiness present up front. Spicy, piny hops balancing the sweetness without becoming too assertive. The hop spiciness lingers long into the finish and aftertaste, but doesn't become too cloying on the palate. Lightly roasted malts with some caramel character becomes present in the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is rather spritzy and dry with a medium body.

O -- A well-brewed, good tasting ale by a veteran brewery. Certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered, but I enjoy many of LF's beers more and would turn to them sooner.

Photo of MikeyDD
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious roasty malty red. I have no idea how it's now classified as a Red IPA; there is a hop presence to be sure, but great regardless.

Photo of gsmit
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

might be the best red ale I've had. very flavorful. .. kind of has a sweet, almost fruity taste in your mouth. Good beer

Photo of Paul_the_Beer_Fan
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks Devine (sam Adams glass)
Tastes great
Smells good
Feels fine

Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, strong hops, slight citrus, caramel malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of yeast, slight pine, and hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

Photo of Markwas
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the other reviews I read and being a fan of the red/Amber family, I think I may have gotten an "off" batch. Instead of a crisp hoppy flavor, I get an almost soapy and flat taste. Enjoyed the other Lakefront brews from the sample pack, so I may have to try this one alone.

Photo of pkolafa
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Maybe Lakefront's best beer to date.

Photo of andyroo0810
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

unexpectedly yeasty and hoppy, with floral aromas and a bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Kris450
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Very floral smell and taste. Piney sort of hops, similar to an IPA. poured a lovely red/gold and had a nice cream head that stayed for the majority of the drink. Mouthfeel was pretty light for a beer that is 6.8%. I could session this beer. Very nice.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Uncapping the beer releases light grains, a touch of tartness, grassy hops and some citrus notes and light fruit. Pours orange amber with a slight haze under a thick, 2” rocky, protein heavy head. The lace is thick and clingy. Light caramel to toffee joined by light fruit and malt spice roll over the tongue culminating in a light bitter accent. Has a creamy, above average body and average carbonation.

Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -19.1%

10/17/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Reminds me of ESBs from UK. Leaned hoppy from a straight ahead bitter, yet not quite to the IPA stage. Not bad, but off the mark for my un-hoppy tastes.

Photo of Bernniev
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Great hoppy red

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

On-tap @ Lakefront Brewery/Beer Hall:

Pours reddish amber with medium, beige head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus with caramel in a red ale style.

The taste is a mix of bitter hops and sweet caramelized malt. It has a bit of a chalky finish.

Smooth overall, though slightly astringent.

It's an enjoyable, hop-forward red ale.

Photo of Samp01
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler on tap Joe Canals. Pours brown / amber with a medium beige head. Aroma and Taste of toasted caramel malt, earthy hops, mild floral and fruity notes and a bit of toffee flavors. A medium body, smooth going with good carbonation on the palate. Finish is of toasted caramel malt, a lingering toffee flavor with earthy floral hops bitterness. Overall your basic all around amber ale, with a good caramel malt character, smooth and nicely balanced. A good drinking brew.

Photo of PauI
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

Fixed Gear is like, totally underground, man. You've probably never heard of a superior combination of hoppy pep with sweet malty goodness. It was a red ale before it was cool. It beats out a neat 6.8% in a Velvet amber mystique - kind of like chillin' out to the B - side of an LCD Soundsystem side-project remix vinyl.

Photo of ronobvious2
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Very smooth maltiness and a very nice caramel taste midway and through the finish. A little high in the booze dept so don't drink too many. :-) Also don't think this one too cold, I think. That hampers the caramel taste.

Photo of Kbeach
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lakefront's best selling beer for a reason. A great crisp taste with notes of pine and apple in it. Plenty of hops but not too hoppy.

This beer can be found in 38 states and 7 countries. An overall great beer, I might be abnormally high on it because I tasted it directly from brewery. Nevertheless, a great beer and definitely recommend.

Photo of JAinSingapore
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer from Wisconsin. Although I've spent most of the summer sampling Wisconsin/Minn. IPA this is a nice refreshing high alcohol Red. Has a slight bitterness, but Lovely taste that is super smooth--this one is fine, fine, fine---well done, Lakefront!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark, opaque amber color with a large cap of off-white head. Excellent retention and lace...a good looking brew.

Nose is caramel and toasty malt with a resinous, leafy hop aroma that leans herbal.

Taste is dark, burnt caramel maltiness, almost to dark chocolate levels. The hops are almost all on the bittering side, floral and long-lasting. It tastes pretty old school - old world hops, more bittering than taste/aroma hops and an earthy and char-esque maltiness. Mouthfeel is good, rich and well carbonated. Sweetness is pretty low. I actually am enjoying this, It feels like a tasty throwback to the early days of microbrews in the late 90's/early 2000's.

Photo of sevreng
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Dark copper red, poured one finger head from bottle. Dissipated to a thin residual head quickly.

S - Pecan with a hint of citrus on the nose, fairly subdued aroma.

T - Hop bitterness apparent upfront alongside malts, quickly takes over then disappears. Hops are a pronounced for a red and dominate the finish.

M - Doesn't have the smoothness I was looking for, carbonation seems a little sharp.

O - A decent red ale with a good amount of hops, I had this beer a while back on tap and enjoyed the mouthfeel a lot more than I did today. Not bad.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep reddish-amber color with an almost none existent tiny foam head. The head fades almost instantly leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is mostly of a caramel nature with some other sweeter and sugary aromas of brown sugar and molasses. Other aromas of a lightly toasted bread and a bit of an earthy and pine hop are there as well, producing overall a well-rounded smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a clean, lightly toasted bread flavor with a rather decent level of caramel sweetness. The caramel is joined by some brown sugar as the taste advances with the roast letting up a bit. All the while, some hop flavors start working their way onto the tongue with some flavors of an earthy and herbal nature coming to the tongue. With a little bit of tangerine and some light pine also joining the flavor at the end, a rather smooth, moderately sweet red flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of both its thickness and carbonation. Both are rather nice for the easy drinking feel of the brew all while upholding the sweeter and lightly hopped flavors nicely.

Overall – Very easy drinking but with a good level of flavor and complexity. A rather nice red overall.

Photo of Minkybut
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was amber colored even though it really is a red ale. Who cares right? The beer had a tan head and the beer had a great smell of vanilla. The beer was nice and clean tasting with a very faint vanilla taste on the initial hit. I think I will give this beer another shot.

Photo of thecheapies
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty red-orange amber brew with a beige head. Looks chewy through all of the murk. Not a bad look for what I hope to be a pronouncingly hoppy red ale.

Earthy and citrusy hops co-mingle and evaporate into the nose above sweltering toasted malts. Despite the mere gentle roast, there is an attractive aroma of char in the beer. Top soil minerality ebbs and flows, but the balance created here is precise.

Sharp beginning with spicy earthy hops and notes of grapefruit pith and orange rind. Very dank, but semi-dry. Toasty roast gets a lot of attention as it passes across the palate like bitter grit. Flowery tea infusion notes are interesting, but somewhat harsh in position. There's a clunky alcohol presence that kind be tasted. Finishes with spicy bitterness and a second burst of carbonation. This beer is quite airy and of the crushing kind. The body travels at a medium speed, but features all kinds of texture. Drinkability is about a C+ to a B-. Fixed Gear is not a red ale I'd scoff at, nor one that I would recommend.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Murky, hazy rust color. A cream colored head recedes to a thick film, nice foamy bands of lacing stick to the glass.

Aroma: A subtle mix of caramel, cedar, and hops.

Taste: A dry spiced wood note holds up a lot of the body, There's a good malt presence with some caramel notes as well as bitterness in a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, feels lighter than the ABV suggests.

Overall: I like this beer more and more with each subsequent sip. Well balanced with lots of flavor.

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Fixed Gear from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 797 ratings.